Extensive order from China
The sales partnership concluded last year with Chinese technology provider BEIJING KEYTEC TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD enabled a major order from China for the delivery of seven 2D video distrometers. This underpins the uniqueness and high degree of innovation of the technology developed.
The 2D video distrometer is a high-precision measuring system for the continuous measurement of precipitation particles. The system, in which particles such as raindrops are scanned from the front and the side with two high-speed cameras, was developed as part of an ESA study on wave propagation in the troposphere. It allows precise statements to be made about the effects of the individual types of precipitation on satellite radio links and, supplemented by overall parameters such as the rain rate or size distribution, the measurement data also form the basis for more precise weather forecasts. The system and its customizable software was developed by Dr. Michael Schönhuber, head of the research group "Space Technology and Communication Technology" at JOANNEUM RESEARCH, and his team.
The unique 2D video distrometer was successfully marketed internationally: since 1996, over 120 2D video distrometers have been installed, mainly in Asia and the USA. ESA and NASA were among the first clients.